We want to ensure everyone is prepared and ready for the General Primary Election on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Here are some key steps to take to get ready to vote!

Mail-in ballots

If you would like to request a Mail-In, Absentee, or Alternative Ballots your application MUST be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

If you received a mail-in ballot this year, you should mail your ballot as promptly as possible or personally deliver it to one of the below locations no later than 8 p.m. on May 17:

You cannot deliver your voted mail-in ballot to your polling place.

If you requested a mail-in ballot but decide to vote in-person at your polling place on May 17, then you must bring your mail-in ballot with you. You will need to surrender both your mail-in ballot and declaration envelope by giving them to one of the poll workers to vote on the voting machine. If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will be able to vote by provisional ballot. Learn more about mail-in and absentee ballots.

Voting in person

Before you leave to vote

Check your voter registration status.

  • Confirm that you can vote in Philadelphia for the election.

Find your polling place.

  • Make sure to look up your polling place location ahead of time!

Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to vote.

  • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you must be allowed to vote.

Make a travel plan.

  • You can plan to walk, drive, take public transit, or explore other options like Indego, the City’s bike-share program.

At the Polls

The voting machines are accessible, and accommodations can be made if people need additional assistance. Poll workers at your voting location can also help you if you have any questions or need help.

Want more information about how to use the voting machine? We have a guide for that.

Know your rights

You have rights as a voter.

It is illegal for any state or local government to discriminate against anyone by denying them the right to vote based on their:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin, or
  • Membership in a language minority.

Your right to vote can only be challenged if a poll worker, poll watcher, or another voter says you do not live in the precinct or are not who you say you are.

It is illegal for any person or corporation to intimidate or coerce you to vote for or against a particular candidate or political issue. Learn more about voter rights.

On the day of the election, you can report any election concerns (such as intimidation, interference, illegal voting, or unlawful electioneering) by contacting the District Attorney’s Election Task Force at 215-686-9641.